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Rita Barber’s parking lot number two, under investigation in the Azuda case: three BMWs and two Mini Coopers.

Four BMWs and a Mini Cooper. The Azuda investigation revealed the high standard of living of Alfonso Grau, the right-hand man of the late Mayor Rita Barbera. In addition to the gold watch he sold shortly before the start of the investigation that resulted in him being convicted of bribery and money laundering, the summary of the “Azud case” that had access to shows that Grau had a car park consisting of four BMWs and a Mini Cooper.

The investigating judge authorized the Civil Guard Central Operations Unit (UCO) agents in charge of the investigation to inquire about vehicles number two of Rita Barbera, who had a customer file at Automobiles Bertolín SL dealership.

The documentation contained in the resume shows that Alfonso Grau purchased a powerful BMW X3 3.0D SUV in 2004. Four years later, the then deputy mayor of Valencia bought a BMW Cooper, a modern take on the luxury German brand’s classic Mini. In 2010, Grau bought a BMW 530 D GT, a powerful 246 mph race car, for which he paid €35,000 in cash (in addition to €53,674 through wire transfers).

Five years later, just before Rita Barbera lost the municipal elections after 24 consecutive leadership exercises, the deputy mayor took possession of the Mini Cooper, a comfortable five-door SUV. His latest acquisition was the BMW X4 XDRIVE281, which accelerates from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 6.4 seconds.

For this last car, bought for 71,247 euros, Grau donated a Mini Cooper and a BMW 530 D GT as payment. The documentation for the three old cars was “destroyed” by the dealer, according to an acceptance certificate signed by two UCO agents.

In addition to the German-brand-focused fleet, Alfonso Grau had a notable collection of luxury watches, resurfacing both in the Azuda case and in the anti-corruption prosecution’s investigation into the gifts of businessman Urbano Catalan, owner of Transvia, which ended with a former PP politician sentenced to four years in prison. and a €25,000 fine for the ongoing offense of bribery and another of money laundering.

“False documentation” for opening an account abroad

However, this is not the only way that the UKO and the Anti-Corruption Service have encountered in order to return the allegedly stolen state funds. The investigating judge authorized, at the request of the UCO, a judicial commission in the United States to find an account with JP Morgan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the name of an American citizen of Kent Lawrence Baker and his wife, one of Grau’s employees. daughters. The Azuda investigation alleges that a former NP politician pocketed two million euros in bribes from an alleged corruption plot.

Anti-Corruption reveals that the former vice mayor’s daughter and son-in-law may have been involved in an alleged money laundering operation. Documents seized from the alleged conspirator, businessman Jaime Febrer, contain some records of a US account that was supposed to be used to channel the alleged bribes. The documentation states that this is “the same account from two years ago”.

According to a report by Anti-Corruption Prosecutor Pablo, another Citibank account in the name of Maria Ángeles Grau received “split income for several consecutive days” for several years in amounts of less than 3,000 euros “of unknown origin and allegedly criminal nature.” Ponce that appears on the resume.

Sophia, another daughter of Alfonso Grau, tried to open a checking account at a French bank branch in 2015 but was turned down “for providing false documents about the origin of the money.”


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